Source: Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri (Rome)
The Italian Government is once again considering amending the list of official non-working public holidays in Italy, by cancelling some, and moving some to the nearest Sunday.
Apparently, the holidays facing the ax, in next week's Council of Ministers, are the April 25 Liberation Day, Epiphany, the Immaculate Conception, and Boxing Day (Saint Stephen's Day).
Last summer (13-Aug-2011), the Italian Council of Ministers approved a somewhat similar package of austerity measures which included the moving of the date when non-religious national public holidays are observed as non-working days. However, faced with opposition in the population and the Senate, the amendment was finally gazetted as a "no change" amendment (14-Oct-2011, 05-Sep-2011, and 17-Aug-2011).
However, this time the change is not spearheaded by the unpopular Silvio Berlusconi, but by the respected Mario Monti, and it may prove harder to make him budge than it was his predecessor.
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